UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va-- The women's lacrosse team opened its 2012 season with a hard-fought loss to No. 5 Duke, 17-13, Friday afternoon at Robins Stadium.
Richmond came out attacking, scoring the first two games in the first two minutes. Kara Moschetti lasered one home from a Claire Yackery pass to begin the game, while Tewaaraton Watch List nominee Mary Flowers scored unassisted to follow.
Duke would then go on a scoring flurry, tallying the game's next six goals, to take a 6-2 advantage with 18:24 left in the first. Richmond would cut into the Blue Devils lead with a Flowers free position to get to within 8-5, but Duke responded with four unanswered goals to give the Blue Devils the 12-5 advantage.
The Spiders tacked on two more goals before the half, one from Moschetti and another from Caitlin Fifield courtesty of a Flowers pass.
Duke came out in the second frame scoring three consecutive goals to take the 15-7 advantage with 28 minutes remaining in the game. The Spider defense controlled the rest of the game, only allowing the Blue Devils two goals the rest of the game. The Spiders outscored Duke 6-2 in the game's final 12 minutes.
Jennifer Zoltoski scored unassisted then Flowers followed from a Fifield assist one minute later to cut the lead to 15-9. Sam Stevenson scored from a Flowers pass three minutes later and freshman Bailey Zerr recorded an unassisted tally to slash the lead to 16-11 with 14:37 left in the game.
Duke added one more goal to make the advantage 17-11. Richmond closed the game with the final two goals, one by the hand of Stevenson, the other by way of Fifield from Stevenson.
Richmond outscored Duke 6-5 in the final frame and Victoria Roebuck recorded a game-high 16 saves in the net. Richmond also committed a game-low 11 turnovers. The Spiders led the ground ball category, 13-12.
Flowers recorded a hat trick, as did Fifield. Stevenson, Moschetti each added two goals. Three other Spiders followed with one goal apiece. Flowers led Richmond with two assists.
Richmond continues its homestand with No. 3 North Carolina, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Robins Stadium.